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In the September issue of the magazine Lingua Franca (the bright and irreverent ‘review of academic life’, published from New York), the topic of the ‘breakthrough books’ column was design: ‘we asked five graphic designers to tell us about the best books in their field.’ One of them, Robin Kinross – evidently fed up with design – chose Benedict Anderson’s Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism and Jack Goody’s The domestication of the savage mind. Another, Steven Heller, greedily chose four books, one of which was Kinross’s Modern typography.